Sunday 4 December 2016

Joan Burton: 'We will stay on in caretaker capacity until new government is formed - we hope this is completed in a reasonable timeframe'

Published 28/02/2016 | 18:32

Labour Leader Joan Burton is elected at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15.
Pic Steve Humphreys
27th February 2016
Labour Leader Joan Burton is elected at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Pic Steve Humphreys 27th February 2016

Labour leader and outgoing Tanaiste Joan Burton said she will not be thinking about her position until after a government has been formed.

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Following a disastrous election for Labour, Ms Burton has called other political parties to “step up to the plate” and help secure a stable Government for Ireland.

Labour Leader Joan Burton is elected at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Labour Leader Joan Burton is elected at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Pic Steve Humphreys

Speaking on RTE's Six One News earlier this evening, Ms Burton told viewers the outgoing government will stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed.

"A new government will have to be formed.

“These parties now need to step up to the plate in the interest of providing a stable and secure Government for the country… that will be their job,” she said.

The Dail is due to meet on March 10th to elect a Taoiseach.

Labour Leader Joan Burton and daughter Aoife Carroll arriving at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15.
Pic Steve Humphreys
27th February 2016
Labour Leader Joan Burton and daughter Aoife Carroll arriving at Phibblestown Community Hall in Dublin 15. Pic Steve Humphreys 27th February 2016

However, Ms Burton added that if no decision could be made by that date, President Michael D Higgins may request the outgoing government to stay on for a further period of time until a decision has been taken.

"We have to wait and see the final outcomes - hopefully we will know that at lunchtime tomorrow.

"As I said the priority is about forming a government and the fact is that this country needs a government.

"I do hope the process is completed in a reasonable timeframe.

"We may come in on March 10th, and nobody is elected as taoiseach. We may be asked by the president to stay for a further time."

Adding: “Personally I hope [that a new Government is formed] in a reasonable speedy time because the country does need stable government.”

Ms Burton said the subject of her leadership of the party is a matter for the members.

When the final outcomes are known and the a new government is formed, she will then look at the issue, she added.

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